The Congress' commitment to winning the April 17 Naguarjuna Sagar by-election today became clearer than ever when senior leaders of the party wrote to the Telangana units of the CPI and the CPM seeking their support for the same.
TPCC head N Uttam Kumar Reddy and CLP leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka reportedly wrote to the high commands of the CPI and the CPM, and appealed to them to support the Congress candidate for the by-election, K Jana Reddy.
In their attempt to highlight the suitability of Jana Reddy for the MLA post, the two leaders reportedly told the Left leadership that he would resist the "corrupt and undemocratic ways" of the ruling party on one hand, and of the BJP's proclivity to indulge in "communal politics" on the other. They added that they were seeking the support of all the "democratic and secular forces" in the state to defeat the "corrupt TRS" and the "communal BJP".
Reddy and Vikramarka told the CPI and CPM that their party's candidate served the people as an MLA seven times, as a cabinet minister for 17 years and as a leader of the CLP as well.
"Jana Reddy has become an epitome of respect and uprightness in public life. His victory, therefore, will be a crucial milestone in cleaning up the political life of Telangana," the two leaders claimed.
The political parties in the state, who are just about recovering from the recently concluded MLC elections
in two graduates' constituencies, have already thrown themselves headfirst into campaigning for the upcoming by-election. The filing of nominations for the same began on March 23 and will continue till March 30.